A spokesperson for Lucasfilm has categorically denied this week’s rumor du jour that George Lucas was buying up the likeness rights of deceased Hollywood stars in order to digitally recreate them in new performances in an upcoming film. On The Red Carpet was the outlet who got the word from Lucasfilm, who issued a terse, “This is a false rumor” in response to the allegation which swept acrtoss the internet over the last 24 hours or so.
The story got it’s start in a London tabloid interview with British comic and director Mel Smith, who had worked on the Lucas written and produced Radioland Murders. At the time when we reported on it, I commented that given its source in a London tabloid, it was best to remain skeptical given the lack of credibility that the Daily Mail and its ilk has.
I suppose in retrospect, it could have been Smith just making a joke. If so, he is probably having a good laugh right about now.